The disposal of asbestos waste is a significant area for public concern over the very real dangers presented by environmental exposure and consequential contracting of asbetosis. It is not always clearly understood that even a modest exposure to asbestos dust over a relatively short period can have serious long term effects, which may often only be diagnosed as asbestosis or mesothelioma decades later after exposure.
The combination of increased asbestos awareness in both the public and private domain combined with not inconsiderable legislation should have eliminated most of the potential hazards such as illegal dumping but regrettably, this is not always the case.
Suspicion is first aroused by a noticeable increase in heavy lorry traffic – the look of the vehicles possibly indicating their purpose as commercial waste disposal – passing frequently through residential areas. Previously, The House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology has concluded that, “clearly a significant part of the waste disposal industry is cutting corners… and not all waste authorities are fulfilling their obligations to protect the public”.
Most asbestos waste is dumped in landfill sites! The Institute of Waste Management (in their Code of Practice for the Disposal of Asbestos Waste) quite properly, have a concern about the subsequent disturbance of asbestos in landfill sites if and when they are developed at a later date.
Asbestos is a lethal health hazard either exposed on the surface or when buried beneath abandoned industrial sites and other types of derelict and unused land. According to the Loss Prevention Council, reclamation and re-use of such land can be both dangerous and remedial action, costly.
Concerned individuals should consult an asbestosis lawyer with issues over possible asbestos exposure from waste disposal or any other form of contact, in order to obtain detailed legal information and asbestos advice.